Refugee Support Driver Volunteer - Luton

£15,000 - £19,999
09 Nov 2019
11 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Part Time
Refugee Support Driver Volunteer
Location: Luton Centre, Bedfordshire, LU4 8JL
Picking up from various location in and around Luton - donations from supermarkets and charities

Commitment: This Role Requires a volunteer who is available Tuesday - Friday for a minimum of 2 hours

About the role
As a Driver Volunteer you will work one to one with refugees and asylum seekers who are using our services. You may be delivering resources and food for those who are destitute or driving people to and from appointments if they don't have transport of their own. This role allows people to access our services and helps with the logistics of running services for people in crisis.

About the Team
We use kindness to help those in crisis.

Every year thousands of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants arrive in the UK with little support, money, or opportunities. Sometimes these people don't even have the means to find and contact their loved ones back home. It's our job to do what we can to help.

We're a diverse, busy team dotted all over the country who share the common goal of doing what we can to make refugee lives that little bit brighter. From providing emotional support to reuniting families, we're committed to helping as many people as we can in as many ways as we can. Seeing the look on someone's face when they are put back in contact with a partner, parent, or child, that they thought they'd never see again is simply priceless.

About the person
You need to have good interpersonal, diplomacy, communication and teamwork skills although full training will be given for any technical requirements. Also someone who is:
  • In possession of a Driving Licence that allows you to drive legally in the UK (categories dependent on task) and local driving knowledge
  • In possession of Business insurance or similar cover if using own vehicle
  • A good communicator and empathetic to the situation and needs of asylum seekers and refugees
  • Able to work alone and unsupervised as required
  • Able to lift, move and store stock safely
  • Able to use emotional support skills in a calm and responsible manner
  • Personally resilient as you may need to deal with difficult or challenging situations
  • Able to keep the service user at the heart of what you do, supporting the Red Cross to understand service user needs and the difference our role makes
  • Able to speak good English; plus knowledge of a foreign language would be useful (particularly one used in the current local refugee population)
  • This role requires a criminal record check to the appropriate level
  • Willing to uphold the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and adhere to the Society's Equal Opportunities Policy

Tasks included in this Role:
  • Driving a BRC or own vehicle to collect or distribute food or clothing as part of our Emergency Provision
  • Helping with the movement and storage of stock
  • Driving a BRC or own vehicle to transport service users to and from appointments
  • Maintaining full records of deliveries, collections and places visited

What We Offer
  • Access to relevant in-house training and development opportunities, including British Red Cross intranet site and e-learning facility
  • A full induction, support and supervision throughout your volunteering period
  • Valuable exposure to the work of the Red Cross in the UK and around the world
  • Reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses when on duty
  • Being a volunteer for the British Red Cross means that you can proudly say you are part of the world's largest humanitarian organisation.

Young People and This Role
We value the energy and enthusiasm that young people bring to this role. To volunteer for this role you must be aged 18+. However (subject to a risk assessment, safeguarding requirements and parental consent) those aged 15 can be involved in a variety of activities such as promoting the service, supporting service volunteers and undertaking training.

Here's a little bit more about us...
The British Red Cross help anyone, anywhere in the UK; get the support they need if crisis strikes.

From hiring a wheelchair or dealing with loneliness, to adjusting to life in a new country - we're there when you need us. Our goal is to connect human kindness with human crisis.

We're part of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and we believe in the power of kindness.

Our organisation was born out of a desire to bring help without discrimination. Impartiality and neutrality have been central values for the Red Cross since we started.

We support a huge range of people and we recruit for a diverse workforce - including disabled and ethnic minority candidates. This is to contribute to the breadth of experience we need to respond to people in crisis.

Connecting human kindness with human crisis